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The One with the Embryos 

Phoebe's uterus is examined for implantation of the embryos. Meanwhile, a seemingly harmless game between Chandler and Joey and Monica and Rachel escalates into a full-blown contest.


(as Kevin S. Bright)


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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Cindy Katz ...
Dr. Zane


Phoebe has accepted to host in her uterus the artificially inseminated child(ren) of her brother Frank and his older wife Alice Knight Buffay; the anxious wait for a pregnancy is rewarded. Meanwhile a display by Chandler and Joey how well they know Monica and Rachel by guessing the items in their shopping bag leads to a large-scale bet on a quiz, for which Ross makes the questions. It goes close, but the team captains pride and sense of competition brings Monica to accept Chandlers dare to up the stakes: either the boys' birds are ousted, or the girls must exchange their master apartment for the boys measly rooms- Rachels error in the last round enables a triumphant entry of the victors. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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15 January 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chandler's biggest fear is Michael Flatley from the Irish Step group "Lord of the Dance." Monica's biggest pet peeve is animals dressed as humans. See more »


Near the end of the episode, just before Monica and Rachel find something scary in a drawer in their "new" apartment, the boom mic is visible at the top of the frame during the wide shot. See more »


Phoebe: You guys, you really should get rid of those animals. They shouldn't be living in an apartment.
Rachel: Yeah, especially not with all of these knives and cookbooks around.
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Featured in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Episode #1.6 (2014) See more »


Are You in There Little Fetus?
Performed by Lisa Kudrow
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My favorite Friends episode of all
26 May 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

TOW the Embryos was one of the earlier Friends episodes I watched, and it went a long way in getting me to watch every episode ever since. This episode is in my opinion the best candidate for "laugh-out-loud" moments in what is probably the greatest "laugh-out-loud" show ever made.

Some of my favorite moments were: Chandler's imitation of "Michael Flateley, Lord of the Dance"; that wonderful entrance of Chandler and Joey on that dog; "I can't believe we live here!" (told by two poles-apart situations by people in two vastly different ways); and, probably the best of all, the priceless reaction by the four competitors after time's up!

The only thing I'd have changed is to somehow get Phoebe into the competition. She had severely little to do. But the other five more than make up for the absence.

According to me, nothing beats this episode of Friends. TOW Everybody Finds Out is the only one that comes close.

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